Why Hybrid Collaboration Is Crucial for Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders in Southeast Asia

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Your company may have an incredibly talented management team now, but can you be sure that tomorrow’s leaders will be equally impressive? The rise in the number of people across Southeast Asia working remotely has led to significant changes in the way teams function as a cohesive unit, and this in turn has highlighted the importance of effective hybrid collaboration strategies. Read on to find out why you need to make sure your organisation is not left behind.

Bringing out the very best qualities in the very best talent is never an easy or straightforward task, especially in working environments that are subject to evolutionary change. Thanks to advances in communications technology, and hastened by the impact of a global pandemic, the business world has had to get used to changes in the way we work and the way we collaborate very quickly. Recently, the most successful organisations have been those that have been able to adapt effectively, leaving many others to catch up and lose competitive advantage. And while many companies have given the go-ahead for more key employees to work from home, for at least for part of their working week, this hasn’t always necessarily led to immediate advances in productivity.

Hybrid working has become the norm in Singapore and various studies have shown that people have been changing the way they want to work for some time. In 2021, the Global Hybrid Work Survey found that nearly 43% of respondents in the Asia-Pacific region had changed their traditional working model for a hybrid one. This shift was a stark contrast to pre-pandemic days when some 78% of people (in the same survey) said they had no remote working days at all. It was also found that a huge 52% of Singaporean employees said they would quit their job if there was no longer an option for hybrid work.

For those organisations that are particularly keen to develop emerging managers, setting up a cohesive hybrid collaboration strategy at the start could be the option that ticks all the right boxes. Implemented correctly, it can minimise potential problems that have existed with a random work-from-home policy, including:

…and more.

This has meant hybrid working and flexible employment options are fast becoming an expectation among workers. As they start to see the full benefit of an enhanced work-life balance, including greater productivity, the case for anything else is a challenging one. The Cisco Global Hybrid Work Study 2022, which surveyed some 28,000 full-time employees across 27 markets, found that 65% of employees across Southeast Asia believed that the quality of their work had improved while working in a hybrid way. Furthermore, some 64% of respondents said they had seen an overall productivity improvement. If your company spends a lot of time and resources developing your emerging managers for a bright, mutually beneficial future, you must be fully aware of the potential pressures they face and the benefits they have discovered in a more flexible approach.

Balancing work, balancing life, balancing happiness

HR Managers in companies of all sizes need to be aware of the major advantages that an effective hybrid collaboration strategy can bring. Emerging managers within the company can benefit from a happier work-life balance, for example, and will feel more valued by the organisation. Over time, a greater awareness of what they can achieve will develop, and in turn this can lead to stronger feelings of loyalty. This latter point should not be overlooked; holding on to talented members of the management team can sometimes be as difficult as having to recruit them in the first place.

Development Beyond Learning has reacted quickly to the rise in popularity of hybrid collaboration, by creating a brand-new teaching module that’s geared towards highlighting the benefits of adopting such a strategy. HR Managers working in just about every sector of industry already know that keeping future leaders happy in the workplace can be an exceptionally complex problem, so all efforts to increase motivation without compromising on personal happiness need to be taken seriously.


In some form or another, remote working is almost certainly here to stay, so employers need to embrace its potential to remain competitive. Our hybrid collaboration module will enable your future leaders to embrace technologies and techniques in an organised, methodical manner, bringing them towards a more synchronised approach to working partly within the office and partly from a remote location.

Influencing the influencers of tomorrow

The aim, ultimately, is for your organisation to have a team of talented, inspirational pioneers who will have absorbed the information they need to inspire their departments towards a better and brighter future for your company. If your competitors are already moving in this direction, you need to ensure you don’t get left behind. Hybrid collaboration enables both employers and employees to work more effectively for a common goal and can be seen as particularly advantageous for emerging managers. With some 45% of organisations in the Asia-Pacific region now investing more in emerging technologies, increasing the pace of digital connectivity and adopting technologies that can better measure productivity across a hybrid work environment, there’s no reason not to offer a hybrid and collaborative model.

If your company is keen to develop emerging managers into genuine leaders of the future, hybrid collaboration can have a strong influence on both the individuals and the departments they will one day lead. With DBL’s input, they can be working together from the outset, targeting and reaching collective goals in a streamlined and effective manner. Our first-class trainers will give your emerging managers the tools they need to constantly improve both themselves and the company.

To find out more about our hybrid collaboration teaching module and how it can impact positively on the future of your business, just get in touch with the DBL team today. We hope to hear from you soon.

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